Schiebel supports global environmental and wildlife conservation activities through a partnership with nonprofit Earthrace Conservation, providing its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for maritime deployment.
Deployed aboard the Earthrace M/Y MODOC vessel, a CAMCOPTER® S-100 system is currently supporting NGO operations in South America. The main tasks include finding and monitoring illegal fishing, identifying wildlife smuggling, hunting poachers, locating illegal gold miners, as well as rescuing illegally held animals.
In one of its recent operations of global concern, last July the ship monitored a fleet of Chinese squid in international waters west of the Galapagos Islands. The ships have been accused of various illegal activities in recent years, including:
- fishing illegally in Ecuadorian and Argentine waters;
- spoofing the Automatic Identification System (AIS) by transmitting false GPS data; and
- human rights violations.
The S-100 proved to be a major asset to the Earthrace team, performing regular flights that allowed close monitoring and assessment of the fleet and its activities outside Ecuador’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Captain Pete Bethune, founder of Earthrace, said: “China’s squid fleet is one of the largest on the planet, with around 500 vessels. The S-100 greatly expands the MODOC’s area of intervention and allows us to closely monitor the fleet. The fact that they are observed has already led to a reduction in illegal activities.
The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is equipped with a Trakka TC-300 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera gimbal and AIS receiver.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said, “I am very pleased to be able to support Earthrace with our proven and unparalleled UAS capability. Detecting illegal activity from the sky, using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is an extremely important capability for Earthrace’s missions and its efforts to protect the environment and wildlife for generations. future.
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